#OscarsSoWhite sparks Academy changes

02/02/2016
Tyler Miller
Staff Writer
T.C.Miller@iup.edu

The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite popped up on Twitter and various other social media platforms when the Academy of Picture Arts and Sciences released the nominees for the Oscars, sacred to anyone in the field of film.

The hashtag sprung up because all 20 acting nominees are white.

This infuriated many people and added fuel to the “Black Lives Matter” campaign.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, the cast of the Oscar-nominated movie “Straight Outta Compton” cast was not even invited to the awards ceremony.

Instead, only the two nominated white screenplay writers for the movie, Andre Berloff and Jonathan Herman, received invitations.

The Academy has been notoriously exclusive in sending out invitations for the ceremony, though this year it seems to have blatantly disregarded most of the cast and crew of “Straight Outta Compton.”

This turns the spotlight back on the Academy. Of its 5,783 members, only 2 percent are black and less than 2 percent are Latino or other minorities. The only variable that seems to be consistent with the rest of the members is that most of them are old and white.

To retaliate against the negative press of recent years, the Academy has come to the conclusion that it will weed out many members in order to look more diversified through statistics.

Now, in order to retain the right to vote for nominees, a member had to be “active in the last 10 years, or had to have been nominated for an Oscar, or, after becoming a member, had to have worked in motion pictures at least once in three separate 10-year periods,” according to the Academy’s website, Oscar.go.com.

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